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For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada

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Rating: 4.5/5 (4 votes cast)

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Wow, what a powerful film. It felt a lot like watching the Crusades, but for Mexico. If you like watching people stand up for their faith, and what the believe in, even in the face of death then this film is for you.

You can not judge this war by a few who make wrong choices, for they show the wrong in their choices and how they went on to fight with honor. If a child can stand up for what he believes in, then why can’t we?  This is a MUST SEE film!  Check out the CFDb Blog!

Film Synopsis:

A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country.

What price would you pay for freedom? In the exhilarating action epic For Greater Glory (formerly titled Cristiada), an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as General Gorostieta (Andy Garcia), the retired military man who at first thinks he has nothing personal at stake as he and his wife (Eva Longoria) watch Mexico fall into a violent civil war. Yet the man who hesitates in joining the cause will soon become the resistance’s most inspiring and self-sacrificing leader, as he begins to see the cost of religious persecution on his countrymen… and transforms a rag-tag band of rebels into a heroic force to be reckoned with.

The General faces impossible odds against a powerful and ruthless government. Yet it is those he meets on the journey – youthful idealists, feisty renegades and, most of all, one remarkable teenager named Jose – who reveal to him how courage and belief are forged even when justice seems lost.

Una crónica de la Guerra Cristera (1926-1929), que fue provocada por una rebelión contra el intento del gobierno mexicano para secularizar el país. La película sigue la historia de gente ordinaria de todo el país que eligió para defender su libertad. Atrapado en una guerra civil en toda regla, todos ellos deben decidir hasta qué punto están dispuestos a ir y qué están dispuestos a arriesgar.

  • Eva Longoria … Tulita
  • Oscar Isaac … Victoriano ‘El Catorce’ Ramirez
  • Andy Garcia … Enrique Gorostieta Velarde
  • Peter O’Toole … Father Christopher
  • Bruce Greenwood … Ambassador Morrow
  • Nestor Carbonell … Mayor Picazo
  • Santiago Cabrera … Father Vega
  • Bruce McGill … President Calvin Coolidge
  • Catalina Sandino Moreno … Adriana
  • Eduardo Verástegui … Anacleto Gonzalez Flores
  • Rubén Blades … President Plutarco Elias Calles
  • Adrian Alonso … Lalo
  • Luis Rosales … Federal Foot Soldier
  • Karyme Lozano … Doña María del Río de Sánchez
  • Alma Martinez … Mrs. Vargas
  • Ignacio Guadalupe
  • Joaquín Garrido … Minister Amaro
  • Jorge Luis Moreno … Pablo
  • Andrés Montiel … Florentino Vargas
  • Omar Ayala … Hermano sanchez
  • Roger Cudney … Secretary of State Kellog
  • Israel Islas … Gorostieta’s Lieutenant
  • Guillermo Larrea … Sargent Humberto
  • Horacio Garcia Rojas … Flaco
  • Jorge Urzua … Captain Quintana
  • Mauricio Kuri … José Luis Sánchez del Rio
  • Rodrigo Corea … Messenger
  • Jake Koenig … Ambassador Sheffield
  • Jose Carlos Montes … General pedroza
  • Simón Guevara … Policeman 1
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For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings

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  1. mother hen says
    31 March 12, 4:43pm

    Great Chistian movie!! Well Done and also True. I am thankful for our ( USA ) freedom to worship as we choose.
    Rember it is a R rated war movie not for children.
    I will be glad to see it again when it comes out in theaters in June.

  2. Bogdan_T_UK says
    10 April 12, 12:20pm

    Is any way to see the movie in Poland this year 2012 ?
    or on DVD ?

  3. Annelie says
    10 April 12, 3:29pm

    We are not sure if they will be showing this film outside the US but the DVD usually comes out a couple of months after the film stops showing in theaters.
    If you subscribe to our newsletter, we will be listing the films currently coming out in the beginning of each month. We have tried to inquire about Poland. When we hear back, we’ll update the page or add to the comments.


  4. YolaRock says
    23 April 12, 9:17am

    Great movie a just watched it yesterday! You should see it, mostly all things are true, after the president Plutarco Elias Calles ended his administration, the next president in Mexico kicked him out the country and Plutarco was unable to return again for life time.

  5. omar says
    27 May 12, 9:44pm

    is there any chance we can have this movie play in Twin Falls, ID. Here is the theaters information: Corporate Office
    PO Box 750595
    Petaluma, CA 94975

    Phone Number: (707) 762-0990
    General email:

    Magic Valley Cinema 13

    Stadium seating with luxury high-back rocking loveseats
    All digital 2D and 3D projection
    Our Giant Screen features a 55 ft. wide screen
    D-Box Motion Seats available for select features.
    Large Game Room
    Book your birthday party or special event in our party room
    Major Credit Cards Accepted
    Advance ticketing through Fandango

    1485 Pole Line Road E,
    Twin Falls, ID
    Program information – (208) 734-SHOW (7469)

  6. Annelie says
    29 May 12, 6:29pm

    There is a link under the trailer for “Official Websites” – you’ll have to contact them directly to find out if this is a possibility.


  7. Annelie says
    12 June 12, 4:30pm

    We just heard that this film won’t be released in the theaters in Europe. The DVD should be out in the fall of this year.


  8. Stephen says
    25 June 12, 9:23am

    Annelie, I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but the director, Dean Wright, has stated that they are working on trying to get it released in Europe this summer. No definite release date yet, but a non-release in European theaters is definitely not the plan.

  9. Annelie says
    25 June 12, 9:26am

    That would be wonderful – I got the news from marketing through the Maximum Group. I imagine if they got a lot of people asking for it, the plans would change so maybe that is what will happen. I really do hope so.


  10. Padre Mateo says
    25 June 12, 1:54pm

    Bogdan T UK:

    You asked about seeing this movie in Poland. I know that it is the hope of the producer, Pablo Barrosa, and of the company behind the film, Dos Corazones, to bring the movie to Europe. But due to the budget of the film – and the movie is high quality – it is difficult and will take time for them to get into the theaters in Europe.

  11. Padre Mateo says
    25 June 12, 1:58pm

    And about bringing the movie to a particular town – I am in south Georgia, and when the movie did not come to this part of the state I started sending emails, and eventually was put in contact with some one at the Dos Corazones films who has worked to bring the film here. We now have a promise that it be shown, but the theater company is slow yet to give us a date when it will open, this week or next.

    But it is possible to do.

  12. R Duran says
    08 July 12, 6:23pm

    Viewed the Movie at one of only two theaters in LA County. Was showned in ELA. I along with 3 others thought the movie was powerful, and although I have been a non Catholic all my life I loved the movie for its message that all religions share

  13. Vincent says
    12 September 12, 5:12am

    Hello Roger,
    Please can we have a link to the distributor of this movie as we will be delighted to open our THEATER in December with this kind of wonderful movie. We are opening the first Faith Based Movie Cinema in our region and this is the Lord`s doing. Thanks From Nigeria.

  14. Annelie says
    13 September 12, 11:32am

    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp
    10201 West Pico Boulevard,
    Los Angeles, California 90035

    Mail: P.O. Box 900,
    Beverly Hills, California 90213
    Phone: 310-277-2211
    Fax: 310-203-1558

  15. Annelie says
    14 September 12, 7:55am

    Thank you for sharing your comments about this film. This movie is what truly happened. Whether it was right or wrong, that is left up to God to judge. The people who went through these trials did as their hearts convicted them to do and there are many that did refuse to fight because they believed it was wrong.


  16. Christina says
    07 November 12, 10:24pm

    So if someone broke into your house and was trying to kill your family, you would not use a weapon to stop them? Only “love” them? This is that, only on a bigger scale.

  17. Annelie says
    08 November 12, 6:08am

    This movie actually shows both sides – some were convicted to fight, some were not. It is a true story and it reminds me a little of “The Mission”.


  18. CF Campbell says
    06 February 13, 1:39pm

    Great movie, very moving. Wish it had highlighted more the evil role of Freemasonry and their alliance with the USA govt, including American fighter planes bombing the Cristeros…..and the weapons,etc…..

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